Made off site by award winning winemaker, Alain Rousseau. On arrival at the winery, all fruit was processed through a pneumatic membrane press prior to yeast inoculation. Warm fermentation in stainless steel with must pump-over carried out twice daily. At dryness, wine moved to barrel for seven months maturation before racking, filtration and bottling. Screw cap sealed. Bottled November 2015. Vintage: The windy spring and mild summer of 2014-2015 resulted in reduced yields of high quality fruit at Riversdale Estate. Fewer bunches and smaller bunch sizes gave rise to intensely aromatic and flavoursome berries. Perfectly ripened, these displayed the fine acidity and rich, smooth, chocolaty/black cherry fruit characters that distinguish our Coal River Valley Pinot Noir. Wine style: Our Roaring 40s wine style is low in residual sugar and is therefore food friendly. It is intended to provide immediate enjoyment on release. This 2015 wine really showcases the fresh, fruit-driven vibrancy of cool climate Pinot Noir we expect from our cool, dry, low vigour site in southern Tasmania.
Coal River Valley
Riversdale Estate is a 120ha mixed farming operation owned by husband and wife team Ian and Wendy Roberts. The property is located at Cambridge, in southern Tasmania’s renowned Coal River Valley, overlooking Pitt Water, and with the internationally significant UNESCO Ramsar wetland of Pitt Water and Orielton Lagoon a little further beyond. Nearby is the University of Tasmania’s Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory. Riversdale Estate’s 38ha vineyard was first planted to vines in 1991. Today, it produces award winning single vineyard wines in addition to select parcels of wine grapes that are sold under contract to some of Australia’s leading wine companies. In creating our own Riversdale Estate and Roaring 40s products, we look for inspiration to the great vineyards of northern Europe. Our aim is an elegant, food-friendly wine with complex aromas and flavours, satisfying texture, persistent aftertaste, and low residual sugar.